Cook seeks her "Exodus"
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
– Elizabeth Cook will release "Exodus of Venus" on June 17 (Agent Love Records/Thirty Tigers), her first album since 2010's "Welder."
The 11 new originals are about heartache and hardship. Cook will start a tour later this month.
Patty Loveless sings backing vocals "Strait Jacket Blues." "Methadone Blues," the first song she penned for the album, has a bright soul kick. The album was produced by Dexter Green and recorded at Sound Emporium and Hidden Valley Studio in Nashville.
Cook, a Florida native, is best known for "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be a Woman." Cook hosts the morning radio show "Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings" on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country.
1. Exodus of Venus
4. Dharma Gate
5. Slow Pain
6. Straight Jacket Love
7. Broke Down In London
8. Methadone Blues
9. Cutting Diamonds
10. Orange Blossom Trail
11. Tabitha Tuders Mama
Tour dates are:
April 22 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe *
April 24 - Amity, PA - Rinky Dinks Roadhouse *
April 26 - Annapolis - Rams Head On Stage *
April 27 - Richmond, VA - Capitol Ale House *
April 28 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center *
April 29 - Charlotte - Double Door Inn *
April 30 - Maryville, TN - The Shed *
May 6 - Birmingham, AL - Forum Theatre
May 7 - Meridian, MS - Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
June 15 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
June 23 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
June 24 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
June 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
June 26 - Houston, TX - McGonigel's Mucky Duck
June 28 - Tombal, TX - Main Street Crossing
June 29 - Austin, TX - 3TEN
June 30 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
July 1 - Memphis, TN - Levitt Shell / Overton Park
* with Derek Hoke
More news for Elizabeth Cook
CD reviews for Elizabeth Cook
Exodus of Venus
Elizabeth Cook's "Exodus of Venus" is a difficult record to sit through. Not because of the music, which is filled with high quality sounds from start to finish, but because of its painful content. For instance, when an album features a song with a title like "Methadone Blues," about a drug used to treat heroin addiction, you realize right away you're not in the realm of squeaky clean mainstream country. Cook has had some rough patches along the way, and "Exodus »»»
On her latest release (the title is a nod to her father), Elizabeth Cook is as full of sass and vinegar as ever, and her hick valley-girl recitation El Camino ("If I wake up married, I'll have to annul it/Right now my hands are in his mullet"), the marital advice she offers up in Yes to Booty and the wry portrait painted by Rock n Roll Man will likely end up being the record's popular favorites, and for good reason.
But other songs may turn out to be more enduring: »»»
Elizabeth Cook has come up with another album of unvarnished country music, delivered by her thick-as-molasses twang and solid, stripped-down honky-tonk backing.
The album is stuffed to the gills with reasons to listen that ought to attract the attention of anyone partial to contemporary iterations of traditional country.
There are shuffles galore, from "He's Got No Heart" and its classic wordplay ("he's got no heart that I know of... I'd shoot him down if I knew »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: We Banjo 3 beaks down the barriers
The joy is palpable when the music is of the Irish variety. And when you combine that with a typically uptempo bluegrass sound - We Banjo 3 labels its style of music Celtgrass - let's say it makes for one fun night.
The group, which has been around since 2011, is a quartet from Galway Ireland comprised of two sets of brothers - the cool looking... »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment
Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment.
Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
The band name may suggest Appalachia and in some respects their sound does, but Lil Smokies hail from Montana, and deliver "Tornillo," their third release, which is named for the town where the studio for this release, Sonic Ranch, is located. »»»
Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but "Nightfall" plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. »»»
Hawktail features some of the finest players of a generation in traditional American acoustic music. The product of their collaboration, "Formations," is a testament to the musical milieu in which they create. »»»
Fully Loaded: God's Country
Blake Shelton has been openly critical of the traditional album format. "Fully Loaded: God's Country" is his fourth greatest hits album and third in the "Loaded" series. In an effort to release music more often, he packages five new songs »»»
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion »»»
Lady Antebellum may lean a little too closely to pop music for many tastes, but it's hard to argue with the trio's song choices. And its latest collection is filled with many memorable songs. The single "What If I Never Get Over You," »»»